Curro smashes rivals for 10 sixes
NEWCOMER Julian Curro produced an awesome display of power hitting as Bundaberg High belted Shalom out of the Secondary Schools Cricket State Cup.
With the first-round match transferred to Shalom with all turf pitches saturated by heavy overnight rain, the hosts amassed what looked a competitive 6-170 from their 30 overs.
But after losing an early wicket, Curro unleashed the fury, opening his account with a huge six and belting nine more before holing out for 79.
It was just an aberration as opener Damien Curran, who mostly watched on from the other end during Curro's barrage, upped the ante and went on to finish unbeaten on 52.
Captain Ryan Norton came in and picked up the tabs from Curro, also despatching some huge sixes to complete a “quick kill”, also finishing unconquered on 34 in an eight-wicket massacre.
Matt Gavin had scored a signature 61 for Shalom, while opener Ibby Zia scored 39, and one of their young guns Hayden Hebert was unbeaten on 27.
Curro also opened the bowling and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his 0-29 from six overs, with Joel Latham, Norton and Scott Armstrong grabbing one wicket each to complement three run outs.
Dean Krebs and Storme Martin claimed the wickets for Shalom, but Gavin was again their best with the ball.
In Bundaberg and District Secondary Schools Summer Sports fixtures, the Shalom Open Division golf team of Mitch Curd, Mitch Bauer and Ellis Johnson had to score three under par on six holes to defeat Kepnock's Nic Rogers and Hayden Kirchner, who were two under.
Bundaberg High captain Blake Marshall inspired his team to bring out their best golf in order to stave off the classy undefeated St Luke's, holding them to a draw.
In the Junior division, Kepnock defeated Shalom 1 very convincingly, winning every hole, while St Luke's struggled for a narrow win against Shalom 2.
Shalom A claimed the outright lead on the junior tennis table with a fifth round 80-55 victory over North B, while previous joint-leader Kepnock were outgunned by Shalom C 53-42.
Shalom A also powered on at the top of the open tennis standings with an 80-58 despatch of Gin Gin.